Recently I was under a tremendous time of attack that seemed to last forever. I cried out to God for an answer over and over and the answer finally came. I guess I needed to be ready to deal with it. I went to sleep worshipping the Lord as usual and He woke me up with a vision of a huge green snake like I had never seen before. Then I heard the Lord call it “Anaconda” and simultaneously He said to bind it as I felt Holy Spirit within me take authority over it.
Then I felt the huge snake release my neck and body and immediately disappear. Apparently, this demon had come very sneakily, quietly, slowly, without causing any alarm to myself except that harming circumstances kept coming at me. Recognizing the subtle, stealth demonic power was difficult before the Lord told me what it was.
Christian warriors often think about only Jezebel and Leviathan when going through a spiritual fight; but we learned many years ago that there are so many other named demons that we could not possibly know the names of them all. And this one was a surprise.
In the natural, anacondas, or water boas, are a group of large snakes of the genus Eunectes. Eunectes is Greek, meaning “a good swimmer.” Therefore, in the natural and spiritual, they can sneak up upon their prey without being detected, without making a noise, hidden and quiet until it is too late.
Anacondas in the natural are found in tropical South America. Four species are currently recognized. Although the name applies to a group of snakes, it is often used to refer to only one species, the common or green anaconda – and that is what I saw. The green anaconda is the largest snake in the world by weight (up to 550 pounds) and the second longest at 20-30 feet which is longer than a bus. Being larger than other snakes, including a python, it can do much harm in the spiritual realm as well as in the natural. But our God is greater!
Though similar, it is not a python but does constrict its prey, suffocating the life out of its opponent. The “anaconda choke” is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu move which is performed by wrapping arms under the opponent’s neck and through the armpit, grasping the biceps of the opposing person’s arm. When caught in this move, the opponent can easily lose consciousness. Therefore, this spirit gradually chokes the life and breath, including finances, out of a person, city or ministry in a powerful way. It is stronger than the strongest man when it has a chokehold; therefore, it is necessary to have agreement with another Christian warrior, experienced in battle, to get rid of it.
Anacondas are carnivores and live in swamps and rivers, often called “water boas.” Therefore, they are considered a marine spirit (See John Eckhardt’s book called Marine Spirits for more on that category, though anacondas are not specifically mentioned).
Anacondas have teeth; however, they are not a venomous snake so they rely on their enormous size and power to subdue their victims. It is possible to be bitten by an Anaconda, but the bite itself would not be fatal. However, it can defend itself by inflicting severe bites before killing its prey by constriction.
The Anaconda is an amphibious snake, going on both land and in water, and hides in both. In water, it often moves with only its eyes above water, undetected. If strangulation does not work, it drowns its victim. So, in the spirit realm this demonic spirit is insidious and moves in gradually, undetected underwater and in murky swamps; then it slowly chokes the life out of its victim, sometimes as they sleep. It is important to not “sleep” but to be aware of the spiritual realm around us at all times.
These snakes can survive years without eating so are very stealth and will wait a long time to get that one good kill. That spirit that was bothering me might have been around for a long time, waiting to destroy, sneaking in closer and closer. After it was bound, things began to open up in ministry for me again and my health was restored, especially that of my neck.
Anacondas like to swallow their prey whole, starting with the head so they usually go after the head of a ministry or church. Sometimes this spirit can make a person feel like their mind is bound and unable to think clearly. It also can cause breathing problems in its victim.
The Anaconda can swallow prey much bigger than the size of its mouth since its jaw can unhinge. Its jaw bones are loosely connected to its skull. Once an anaconda has what it wants to destroy in its stranglehold, it crushes it, then devours it slowly. While the natural snake eats, its muscles have wave-like contractions, crushing the prey even further and surging it downward with each bite resulting in a horrible, slow death. All this is done in the spiritual by the demonic spirit of Anaconda.
The Anaconda is most active at night which makes it a nocturnal reptile that operates in the dark. This is another reason they might not be detected until it is too late.
Anacondas also have a forked tongue which means for demonic spirits that it tells lies and speaks one thing to one person and a different thing to another,. like a Leviathan spirit. This spirit is skilled in lying to get its way.
Does the Bible mention Anacondas? Well, not by name specifically but the Bible does mention snakes and serpents many times. I would never make up a spirit – I just know this is a spirit by the attack against me and my ministry and because the Lord showed it to me. I don’t, and neither should anyone, look for a demon under every rock – but when the Lord shows you specifically and gives you the name of it and the anointing to bind it, that is the difference.
Matt 23:27-34 (NIV) says: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started! “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.” These verses show that some serpentine spirits, like Anaconda, are liars, hypocrites and gossipers, with that forked tongue deceiving many. They like to attack the righteous, especially those called by God to be leaders and prophets.
Psalm 91:13 (NIV) states “You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.” The Bible here is talking about trampling on spiritual wickedness, including serpent-like demons, for He gave us the power by Jesus’ shed Blood.
The anaconda spirit can be deadly and come to kill and destroy people and ministries, but our God is greater. In Luke 10:19 (NIV), Jesus says “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
Ps 58:1-4 (NIV) says, “Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies. Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears.” Again, this spirit and the people operating under a spirit of the anaconda are hypocrites and liars, not looking at their own sins but judging others unrighteously, hurting people with their lies.
Ps 140:1-5 (NIV) reads: “Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips. Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.” This evil spirit takes a long time to devise its evil plans, are arrogant and try to trip the feet of the righteous ones, especially leaders and those making a difference in the kingdom of God. Then they often broadcast those made-up sins to the rest of the group and set traps. They try to stop, and sometimes do stop, ministries and kingdom leaders from growing and moving along the path God has for them.
Matt 12:34-37 (NLT) says, “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” Jesus spoke this as a rebuke to the pharisaical religious and the spirits that bound them in that day. Those operating under or are influenced by this spirit speak evil and are usually quite religious, requiring the law for others but not for themselves, having no grace. They do not understand the grace of God and seem to be blind to it. They gossip and connive amongst themselves to bring the righteous down.
As in binding any spirit, make sure the Lord tells you the name of the spirit and bind it only when the Lord says to bind it. It always must be in God’s perfect timing. Always take authority and tell it to go to the feet of Jesus by the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, along with the evil spirit’s underlings and associated spirits. Then be sure to always bind all backlash.